- A mission for his time: Tobias Asser's inaugural address on commercial law and commerce, Amsterdam 1862
- Number of pages
- The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press
- Document type
- Faculty of Law (FdR)
This volume is the English edition of T.M.C. Asser’s inaugural lecture as professor at the Athenaeum Illustre, now the University of Amsterdam, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. Its subject, Commercial Law as a separate field of study and practice, has not lost its importance in the one and a half centuries that have passed since Asser addressed it in Amsterdam’s Agnietenkapel. And although the subject has been widely debated, and there have been important changes in the position of Commercial Law in the Dutch legal system, the main themes of Asser’s lecture are as fresh as its tone and style. Its republication and translation into English is therefore not only of historical interest - although the lecture certainly is important from that perspective.
It was Ernst Hirsch Ballin who had the excellent idea to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Asser’s inaugural lecture with the publication of an English translation. He proved willing to write an accompanying essay, in which he places the lecture and Asser’s distinguished career in the socio-historical perspective of the emancipation of the European Jewry and Asser’s family history.
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